Wilderness First-Aid

Wilderness First-Aid (WFA) Wilderness First Responder preparation

WFA and WFR in Columbia, Missouri $49 reservation fee, please call (573) 474-4997 or text (573) 489-4997

The Bouldering Garden is hosting a (WFA) Wilderness Emergency Care Course for climbers, hikers, skiers, snowboarders, mountain climbers, campers, and anyone interested in being prepared to render emergency first-aid in an outdoor environment. This first step, foundation course is a requirement for those enrolling in our Wilderness First Responder certification. This Outdoor First-aid and Wilderness Emergency Care certifications are designed around the sporting enthusiast. Course curriculum involves hands-on training scenarios where sport specific gear is utilized for effective task achievement. Survival and self rescue topics may include field sessions, weather permitting, and incorporate the use of sporting goods of each students selected sport interest. This training is essential for ski patrol, climbing instructors, scout masters, den leaders, adventurous parents, hunters and field guides of all kinds.

Enrollment: The WFA course price of $175 (us dollars) or WFR course price of $549, per participant, can be prepaid using a credit card. The reservation fee of $49 must be paid in advance to secure your spot in this limited class enrollment. Class availability depends on demand and requires a minimum of 5 students. Dates are subject to change. The next available class dates are as posted or as noted by emailed response. Down load the questionnaire and enrollment PDF form below.

Discounts: The Bouldering Garden will sponsor and provide course scholarships to a limited number of scouts and students, who desire to participant, despite a limited budget. Additional discounts may apply, including the following: Member, Student / Military, Group, Bring a friend, and Sponsorship Coupon. WFA discount course price example $149 (individual) and WFR course is $449 (individual).

Availability: WFA courses are available during winter, early spring, and late fall to help support season specific work requirements. Please send an email or call to express your interest in participating during our next class or request special class reservation. The class can be designed around your specific needs. Start studying today.

Reservations: Call to reserve a seat during our next class or tell us about your specific needs. We travel for group class reservations!

marcus@theboulderinggarden.com (573) 474-4997



WFA is a course designed for the outdoor enthusiast, scout master, hunter, guide, or parent who needs first aid training for group trips with friends, family, and customers. This course exceeds basic first-aid knowledge and is the recommended for those working towards WFR course guidelines.


The WFA is 14 - 18 hours long (roughly two days), and focuses on the basic skills of following Response guidelines, including: (1) Response and Assessment, (2) Musculoskeletal Injuries, (3) Environmental Emergencies, (4) Soft Tissue Injuries, (5) Medical Emergencies, (6) Continued Monitoring, and (7) basic Survival Skills.


Our WFA courses are held several times throughout the year. We offer a weekend course structure (2 days), a weeknight course (5 day span), and an independent/extended course for difficult schedules and returning students. Many of our courses are held in Columbia, Missouri at a sponsors location. Current Sponsor: The Bouldering Garden (Some outdoor course curriculum may requires site specific locations to perform required activities)


COLUMBIA, MO: The WFA class is $175 + Materials (book). We offer a 20% discount (student / Military) coupon which puts the class at $140.00. Refresher, group and "bring a friend" discounts may apply as well.

WEEKEND TRIP: The WFA class is $195 + Materials (book). Travel expenses provided and divided among the students. Camping equipment rental available. Discounts may apply.

WFA Course Schedule

Dates are subject to change so please contact us to get up-to-date meeting dates and times.

Reservations must be made in advance due to set participant parameters.

Feb 2014 WFA Winter Course 02-17-2014 through 02-23-2014

April 2014 WFA Spring Course 04-21-2014 through 04-26-2014

Start studying for your class today by giving calling, texting, and emailing us your information.

S.O.S. WFA Course Curriculum

Ask each student to share why they are taking the WFA class.

Establish Emergency Scenarios

    • Each student writes a presentation outlining the preparation required for trip.

    • List expected emergencies most likely during this kind of outing.

    • Choose one or two injuries and explain in detail the S.T.O.P. Actions taken.

    • Presentation: Group discussion of each detailed outline.

Injury Prevention (prevention through constant environmental and physiological evaluation)

C.A.R.E. (Discuss outing itinerary in more detail to for proper mental and physical preparation)

    • Conditions: students develop itinerary conditions (physical, mental, & physiological)

    • Activities: Develop specific outing activities to prepare injury treatment around

    • Resources: Discuss possible resources to utilize from environment & carried items

    • Emergencies: Revisit and discuss specific emergencies most likely during this outing

Injury Assessment, Stabilization, and Monitoring

S.T.O.P. (Back country medical response method)

    • Scenario: Size up the Scene

ABC’SS Treat Immediate Threats

        • Airway

        • Bleeding

        • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

        • Shock Management

        • Spinal Injury Assessment

    • Treatment: Treat injury based off immediate Threat Assessment

    • Overall Examination: Perform an overall examination to discover full extent of injuries

    • Patient Monitoring: Includes paperwork (soap note), phone for paramedic

Overall Examination, Stabilization, and Monitoring

    • Body Systems: Head/ Throat, Chest/Abdomen, and Limbs

    • Soft Tissue Care: Identifying, Cleaning, Closure of Wound, Dressing

      • Contusion, abrasion, laceration, avulsion, amputation, puncture, & impalement

    • Orthopedic / Fractures: Identify, Stabilize, Monitor

      • L.A.F. involves Looking, Asking, & Feeling

      • Splinting Principles: CSM / HIRICE

    • Poisoning / Allergic Reaction: Symptoms and Care

      • Inhaled, Ingested, Injected, & Absorbed

      • Bites, Stings, Oral, & Environmental

    • Infectious Disease: Symptoms and Care

      • Communicable, Contagious, Non-communicable, Emerging and Childhood

      • Bacteria, Fungi, Parasites, Viruses & Prions

    • Environmental Injuries: Symptoms and Care

      • Heat-Loss, Heat-Induced, Altitude, Depth, Motion, & Lightning

Remote Medical Kits: Improvisation

    • Topical Bandaging Module

    • Non-RX Oral Medication Module

    • Non-RX Topical Medication Module

    • RX Oral and Topical Medication Module

    • RX Injected Medication Module

    • Survival Module – sewing kit, fishing kit, water purification, waterproof matches, LED light, compass, knife, whistle, lighter and cloth tape

Survival and Rescue

Survival Knots: Self Rescue, High Angle Negotiation, and Shelter

    • Double figure-eight (follow through and on a bight)

    • Bowline (double follow through)

    • Fisherman (double fisherman)

    • Clove hitch and Munter hitch

Survival Priorities: The five basic fundamental necessities of wilderness survival

    • A body remains conscious 3 minutes without proper Air.

    • A body can only survive 3 hours without proper Shelter.

    • A body can only survive 3 days without proper Water.

    • A body can only survive 3 weeks without proper Food.

    • Fire is the basic tool which helps provide proper supplies of all three other necessities.

Search and Self Rescue: Surviving and Reaching Definitive Care

    • Air – The first concern when assessing possible life threatening dangers includes airway and air quality. Air quality covers everything from possible fluid in the lungs, altitude, and toxins.

    • Shelter - Positioning yourself near vital resources and improving your comfort, defense, hunting, or rescue visibility could be the make-it-or-break-it action that decides your survival and rescue odds.

    • Water – Hydration is a major factor in survival and is very dependent on water quality.

    • Food – Nutrition is essential for keeping up energy, attitude, and awareness.

    • Fire – As the basic tool which helps provide proper supplies of three other main necessities, a heating source is quite important for maintaining proper health.

    • Navigation – Move using the signs provided by nature to improve positioning


S.O.S. 5400 Saint Charles Road Columbia MO 65201 (573) 474-4997